A Guide to the Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register, 1902-1903 Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register, 1902-1903 Newport News/Warwick Co. (Va.) Reel 20/Barcode 1126633

A Guide to the Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register, 1902-1903

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Collection numbers: Newport News/Warwick Co. (Va.) Reel 20/Barcode 1126633


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The Library of Virginia
Collection numbers
Newport News/Warwick Co. (Va.) Reel 20/Barcode 1126633
Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register, 1902-1903
Physical Characteristics
1 v.
Newport News (Va.) Circuit Court
State Records Center - Archives Annex, Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Use microfilm copy, Newport News/Warwick Co. (Va.) Reel 20.

Preferred Citation

Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register, 1902-1903. Local government records collection, Newport News (City)/Warwick County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

This item came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from the city of Newport News.

Historical Information

Newport News was located in Warwick County, which is now extinct. The origin of the name is uncertain but the phrase "Newportes News" appeared in documents as early as 1619 and probably commemorated Christopher Newport, who made five voyages to Virginia between 1607 and 1619. Newport News was a small settlement until late in the nineteenth century, when it became the eastern terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. It was established in 1880 and incorporated as a city by act of the General Assembly in 1896 without ever having been incorporated as a town. Newport News was enlarged by consolidation with the city of Warwick in 1858.

The 1902 voter registration books were created following the passage of the 1902 Virginia state constitution. The purpose of the 1902 state constitution was to maintain white suffrage while eliminating African-American voters by means of literacy tests as well as property and poll tax requirements.

Scope and Content

Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register, 1902-1903, records the roll of registered voters in Newport News. The volumes are divided by wards, first through seventh, and within each ward on the basis of color. Information found in the volumes includes date of registration; number of registered voter; name of registered voter; date of birth; age; occupation; residence; length of residence in state, county, and precinct; whether exempt from poll tax; if naturalized, and if so, date of papers and by what court issued; if transferred from another precinct, and if so, when and to what precinct.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Newport News (Va.) Circuit Court.
  • Subjects:

  • African Americans--History--1877-1964.
  • African Americans--Suffrage.
  • African Americans--Virginia--Newport News.
  • Suffrage--Virginia--Newport News.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Newport News (Va.)--Genealogy.
  • Newport News (Va.)--History--20th century.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Election records--Virginia--Newport News.
  • Local government records--Virginia--Newport News.
  • Voters' lists--Virginia--Newport News.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Newport News (Va.)--Genealogy.
  • Newport News (Va.)--History--20th century.